february, otherwise known as "spring"

I don't think I looked at my February goals even once during this month.

February Goals
Schedule a bike fit.  Was refit twice this month, and I'll be doing it again at the beginning of April.
Don't buy any more beer (fridge is full, folks, I'm not losing my mind). Check!  Beer supply is dwindling.
Keep doing the buy-a-mystery-veggie-and-cook-it thing. I think we did this a few times.
Buy another pair of dress pants. I bought TWO pairs, but one pair is being returned.  Obviously.
Do a long run without music (maybe).  Did lots of running without music.
Take pictures and post the crank for sale (anyone want it?) on ST. Crap.  
Do a few more clean-out-the-pantry weeks. We're in the midst of this right now.

What can I say?  There was swimming, there was biking, and there was half a month of running.  I'm not sure when exactly I decided to love swimming, but there it is.  I really look forward to my scheduled swim workouts and have been getting in the pool at least one or two extra sessions every week, just for some more time in the water.  I've been reading and watching a lot of videos about swimming lately, and there is one common theme.  Want to get better?  Swim more.  That's it, so that's what I'm trying to do.  When a workout shows up that only starts with a 2 or a 3, I'm disappointed (but not too much, because that usually means it's going to hurt).  There have even been days where I've done my swim workout in the morning, and by 7pm, I'm longing to head back over to the pool.  Crazy?  Probably, but I just can't get enough.

February is always a weird month for cyclists, but here in DC we've been blessed with an early spring (let's see if I'm still saying that after five solid months of explosive pollen).  I did quite a few rides outside, and while an early spring makes for a windy ride, it sure is better than being in the basement.  I've been trying really hard to adjust my attitude towards riding in the wind lately, and it's starting to be okay.  It will never stop being frustrating, but I think I'm becoming a lot calmer and accepting about it.  It's a theme that I'm trying desperately to hang onto - I can only do the work that I can do, especially in light of missing two solid weeks of run training.  Every workout has a purpose, even if it's "easy slog," so I need to just keep going out, doing my damnedest to keep my heart in the right place, process the results and then discard and move on.  Being angry about where my training is right now is completely counter-productive, and a lesson that I'm glad to finally be starting to learn at the grand old age of 31.  It would be easy to be angry about the set-backs that have happened on the run and how weak I feel on the bike right now, but I'm not going to.  I've got just under four months until CdA and I need to treat my body right.  Go hard, go easy, recover, eat right, sleep, stop eating icing out of the can, compression, legs up, all that stuff.  More importantly, put my brain in a good place and try to hold it there, to rides the ups and downs of training against the ups and downs of life.  It's all I can do.

I'm still hoping that March will bring my first race of the year - the National half marathon.  My PT seems to think that I'm going to bounce back pretty quickly, and I'm desperately hoping that he is right.  I've love to be able to race the half, but I'm not sure that is in the cards for me.  The poet is running the full, so there is an opportunity to run some of it with him instead of racing, and that might just be the perfect solution.  And will I be sad for a second that I don't get to race my brains out?  Sure.  Disappointment will be present, but it's just another blip.  What's more important is that I heal completely.  I've got my eyes on the long-term prize, and this year, that isn't running balls-out at a half marathon.  This year is about putting my head down and working hard.  This year is about going after something that is a lot bigger than me, something that is changing my life even now, months before I pull on that wetsuit and walk into the water.  

Miles run: 62.8
Rest days: 2
Sexy new bike shoes: 1 pair
Frozen yogurt trips: 1 (significant improvement)
New bathing suits purchased: 2
New bathing suits purchased with unfortunately insignificant rear coverage: 1
Laps spent with giant wedgie & one cheek uncovered due to said suit: 3
Epsom salt baths: at least a dozen
Times I've said, "stop eating my arm, I'll pet you!!": at least 400
Times I was not talking to a dog when I said it: possibly 3

March Goals
When the alarm goes off, do not check email/read twitter/read blogs for 45 minutes before getting out of bed.
Stop apologizing about the bikini wax/leg hair situation to Dr. Paul (and maybe do something about it?).
Buy a real desk chair.
Get off the elliptical and back on the road completely.
Learn how to cook dinner that does not involve cheese.
Stop stalking other people's training while in a funk.  It never helps.
Paint the upstairs bedroom.
Ask the poet to come and videotape my swim stroke.

What are your goals for March?


  1. One of my goals is to list my saddle on Amazon, similar to your February goal. Also in March I have a goal to race my first 70.3 and not blow up.

    Your 1 frozen yogurt visit is impressive. I used to be quite addicted (20x/month at least?) and I only went 2x in February! Instead, I ate 8 boxes of Girl Scout cookies ..... :/

  2. This is a fun post! Maybe I might have to set some March goals myself :) And I can totally appreciate your number 1 March goal. . I do the exact same thing!

  3. March goal: don't get hurt doing speed workouts before Cherry Blossom 10 miler. Keep eating ice cream.

  4. I will come over to help you complete last month's goal of drinking the beer and this month's goal of cooking things without lots of cheese.

  5. Hope you have a great training month in March! Swimming is getting more fun for me. I'm going to try and get my son to video my stroke. I'm dying to know what I look like.

  6. That first goal would be tough for me! I've found that if I am going straight to a workout I can forego it, but if I'm going to the basement to get on the trainer, the phone comes w/ me and I start checking. Blech!

    March for me--all about staying healthy so that I can run Boston.

  7. Why not keep the old crank? Save it for a flat as a pancake course?

    Can i have your swimming mojo? Mine is lacking....unless I swim with someone, which is rare.

  8. Stop eating icing out of the can? This makes me sad. I feel quite sure that this is actually the key to long term IM training success.

    I've never had my swimming videotaped. Maybe I don't want to know - all my habits are VERY ingrained at this point.

  9. I just started to love swimming too, FINALLY! And you are right, I just finally had someone say - you look like you really improved in the pool! March goals - keep training injury free and keep up the strength training!

  10. Goal = stay healthy and PR the crap out of my full. Also, poor Dr. Paul. I hope he reads this.

  11. 1 Frozen yogurt trip is not an improvement. GAH! Do better this month, please!!

  12. Your blog is a hoot :) good stuff.

    Only 1 froyo trip?! I go 1/day :(

  13. I laughed at the first goal. I need to adopt that one too.

  14. I love your goals (& your posts in general). My March goals are to continue building my running base back up, PR at a race or two this month, and not eat swedish fish until I'm running 30 mpw again!

  15. I am forever laying in bed reading blogs before actually getting up I feel you. I don't know what happened with me either this month but I am really enjoying getting out and going for swims. Must be all of this away time!

  16. Good luck with the continued healing.

    I hear you on the swimming. Gotta get the yardage in to make a difference.

  17. Buy an "exercise-ball" desk chair, too? ;) I love mine, and don't even notice I sit on it at work anymore.

    Yay National Half month!!

  18. Good luck with the running and the healing!

    My main goals:
    - Amp up my swimming! It's been kind of sad these days..
    - Get in at least one 8-10 mile run.
    - 2 bricks!
    - At least one group ride (which I accomplished this morning - yay!)

  19. Hopefully you will be able to do the half, but I know you will be smart about it. Glad to hear that you are enjoying swimming more and more.


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